First Selectman's Biography
Ellen Scalettar is in her second term as First Selectman of the Town of Woodbridge. In that capacity, she has made the fiscal health of the Town a top priority. She has worked closely with the Town’s Finance Director and Board of Finance to maintain practices that have resulted in consistent Aaa Moody’s bond ratings and Distinguished Budget Presentation and Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting awards from the national Government Finance Officers Association.
Ellen also focuses on supporting our local businesses, enhancing town communications and expanding the use of green and efficient energy.
Under Ellen’s leadership the Economic Development Commission has become more active and the Town hosted its first multi-commission economic development meeting. Ellen regularly visits local businesses to explore how best to support and promote them through the Town’s communication vehicles. She views this as important to broadening Woodbridge’s tax base.
Ellen reinvigorated the Energy Advisory Task Force which recently completed energy audit and solar campaigns resulting in more than 50 new residential solar installations and more than 100 home energy audits. She is also involved in the creation of the Town’s fuel cell powered microgrid and a proposal to install solar panels on the Town’s capped landfill.
At Ellen’s direction, the Town now has an email newsletter that keeps more than 1,000 Town residents up to date on Woodbridge happenings and the Town has launched a new and easier-to-use website. In addition, Ellen has initiated new opportunities for Woodbridge residents to come together, such as Woodbridge Night at Long Wharf Theatre, the Farmers’ Market, the Wisdom of Woodbridge lecture series and a One Community, One Read program.
Ellen is an attorney who served as State Representative for the 114th District from 1993-1998. Following that, her positions have included Senior Policy Fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children, Director of Policy, Research & Legislation for the CT Senate President Pro Tempore and Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Prior to moving to Connecticut, Ellen practiced at private law firms, focusing on First Amendment issues, and she served as Assistant Regional Counsel at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.